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Bellevue Coast Guard Hearing Attorney

Just as people can be charged for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, boaters can also face boating under the influence (BUI) charges if they have a blood alcohol content over 0.08 when operating watercraft. If these individuals are ticketed along the national coasts or in international waters, they may face penalties from the U.S. Coast Guard. However, this agency allows for individuals accused of BUI to participate in hearings regarding these charges.

A person who has been ticketed by the Coast Guard for BUI may wish to fight their BUI charges. To learn more about your options with Coast Guard hearings and how we can help handle this situation, contact the Bellevue Coast Guard hearing lawyers of Cowan Kirk today by calling 866-822-1230 today.

The Basics of Coast Guard Hearings

With BUI cases, the Coast Guard allows accused individuals to provide an argument against their guilt. If successful, the person can avoid penalties and punishments normally associated with BUI. In particular, these hearings are usually used to avoid mark-ups on a permanent record and costly fines.

A person who decides to fight against a ticket given by the Coast Guard should follow a standard process that includes:

  • Requesting a hearing in writing
  • Outlining what disagreements will be discussed
  • Sending in or providing evidence for a case
  • Attending the hearing in person or by video teleconferencing
  • Bringing legal counsel to a hearing

Fortunately, a knowledgeable legal team can help you every step of the way, from requesting the hearing to attending the conference.

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If you have charged with BUI, there may be legal options available to defend yourself in a Coast Guard hearing. For more information regarding your rights and options as a defendant, contact the Bellevue Coast Guard hearing attorneys of Cowan Kirk at 866-822-1230 today.

Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn

Cowan Kirk is known throughout Washington and the nation for representing all of its clients with commitment, creativity and compassion. We recognize how devastating a DUI charge can be, particularly when our clients learn how incredibly tough Washington's DUI laws have become, even for a first-time offender.

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If you need a DUI defense attorney in Seattle, Bellevue, or King County, contact us today to find out why respect for our clients, a passion for justice, and our commitment to winning have earned each of us the highest honor a member of the bar can receive from our colleagues – their referrals.